Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 5.1

GreenStep City Best Practices Buildings and Lighting
Building Redevelopment No. 5

Create economic and regulatory incentives for redevelopment and repurposing of existing buildings.

Best Practice Action 1

Adopt an historic preservation ordinance/regulations to encourage adaptive reuse.

1 star Complete an historic resources survey of the city to determine which buildings are community assets and have more potential for reuse due to potential access to financial incentives.
2 star Designate a historic district; incorporate historic preservation-friendly language into the city’s zoning code and/or into regulatory ordinances (relating to signs and other design guidelines); adopt an historic preservation ordinance (which typically establishes an historic preservation commission); incentivize historic preservation.
3 star Become a Certified Local Government (CLG) for historic preservation; pair rehab financial incentives with energy and resource conservation, indoor air quality and other green building practices.

Who's doing it

Albert Lea - 3 star
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Downtown Albert Lea is designated as a historic commercial district. The historic district includes 91 contributing buildings. These buildings are the target of adaptive reuse and are eligible for state and federal funding. The City has worked directly on a number of redevelopment projects in the historic commercial district.

Albert Lea has been a CLG since 2005.
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For more information contact:
Jerry Gabrielatos (City staff) | jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us | 507-377-4316
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Eden Prairie - 3 star
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The City has a Historic Preservation section of the city code which allows reuse of historic buildings.

The City is also a Certified Local Government (CLG) and has an active Heritage Preservation Commision.
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For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff) | tmahtani@edenprairie.org | 952-949-8413
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Roseville - 3 star
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The city encourages citizens to update existing homes and provides guidance through the "Green Modeling Plan" book. This is part of the "Living Smarter" program. Energy efficiency audits are offered to 200 residents free each year through X-cel Energy.
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For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff) | Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com | 651-792-7049
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Arlington - 2 star
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In 1999, a Planning Committee comprised of 23 members outlined goals in a Long-Range Plan. One of the goals was a Rehabilitation and Preservation Goal to preserve the City's history for future generations.
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Rehabilitation and preservation efforts were focused primarily along the Main Street of Arlington. The first few projects included the rehabilitation of the old fire hall and the movie theater. Since then, the Planning Commission worked for nearly a year to present Ordinance No. 297 to the City Council. The Council adopted the ordinance which calls for design standards in the B-2 Central Business District which calls for design standards that are sensitive to, compatible with and reminiscent of historic building patterns. The EDA is now working on drafting a Facade Improvement Grant Program to support the new ordinance.
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For more information contact:
Cynthia Smith-Strack (Contractor) | cstrack@municipaldevelopmentgroup.com | 507-964-2378
Partners: Arlington Historical Society, Planning & Zoning Committee and City Council
Cottage Grove - 2 star
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Cottage Grove has adopted a Historical Preservation Ordinance protecting places, areas, buildings, structures and other odjects having a special historical, community or aesthetic interest or value is a public necessity and is required in the interest of the people.
This ordinance also established an advisory committee on historic preservation who will request to council designation of historic landmarks, sites or districts within the community.
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For more information contact:
Ryan Burfeind (City staff) | rburfeind@cottage-grove.org | 651-458-2899
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Granite Falls - 2 star
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The City implemented a downtown historic district which includes historic preservation friendly language to preserve the historic look of downtown Granite Falls. Further a committee will review any improvements proposed by the downtown businesses to ensure they follow the historic preservation district requirements.
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For more information contact:
Crystal Johnson (City staff) | crystal.johnson@granitefalls.com | 320-56-3011
Partners: Cathy Anderson EDA Director
Hastings - 2 star
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The City of Hastings has historic preservation ordinances/regulations.
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For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff) | mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov | 651-480-2326
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Lake Elmo - 2 star
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The City of Lake Elmo recently adopted a new Planned Unity Development (PUD) Ordinance (attached) that allows for a 10% density bonus for projects that include Historic Preservation. In addition, a 5% density bonus is provided for projects that include Adaptive Reuse.
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For more information contact:
Jake Foster (City staff) | jfoster@lakeelmo.org | 651-747-3908
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Mankato - 2 star
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The City of Mankato established its Heritage Preservation Commission in 2008, after adoption of the Heritage Preservation Ordinance incorporated within the City's Zoning Ordinance. The Heritage Preservation Commmission (HPC) oversees and encourages utilization and reuse of buildings in older and historic neighborhoods, which fosters creative reuse of existing buildings without need for new construction, while also acknowledging and encouraging preservation of Mankato's history.

The City of mankato is recognized by the MN State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) as a Certified Local Government; list of CLG's available at http://www.mnhs.org/localhistory/mho/heritage.html
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For more information contact:
Molly Westman (City staff) | mwestman@mankatomn.gov | 507-387-8571
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Maplewood - 2 star
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The city of Maplewood has an historic preservation commission and ordinance to address the preservation of historical buildings and the environmental surrounding in future city planning and development projects.

The Heritage Preservation Commission was created to help the city of Maplewood with its overall historic preservation goals. These goals include; supporting the protection of the City’s heritage by preserving, protecting, conserving, and wisely using the significant historical, cultural, architectural, or archaeological objects, structures, buildings, sites in the City.
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For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff) | shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov | 651-249-2304
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Northfield - 2 star
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Chapter 34, Article 4.5 indicates the use of a Heritage Preservation Commission that submits an annual report. This annual report identifies historic buildings that have been re purposed. These buildings are typically in our Downtown area. For example, the historic Depot site is being moved to another site adjacent to the Railroad where is will be repurposed as a transit hub building.
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For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
Partners: Save the Northfield Depot
Red Wing - 2 star
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Red Wing has one of the oldest Historic Preservation Ordinances in Minnesota. The Red Wing Heritage Preservation Commission has worked with dozens of adaptive reuse projects including the St. James Hotel, Riverfront Center, Sheldon Theatre, Pottery Factories, Red Wing Depots, Central High School, and many others.
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Paul Drotos (City staff) | paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us | 651-410-6744
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Saint Cloud - 2 star
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The City of Saint Cloud adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1990 for the purposes of protecting and preserving the historic neighborhoods, structures and properties within the city. In 2003 the City adopted the Residential Historic District Preservation Design Manual and the Downtown Preservation Design Manual as tools for property owners to design and build new structures within the historic districts, and/or renovate existing structures within the districts. Both the Residential and Downtown Design Manuals encourage in-fill development and designing and building structures to maintain the historic character of the district including design elements, facades, window and sign structure and placement and setbacks. In addition, the Manuals encourage the use of modern building techniques, styles and materials to achieve the design guidelines which would include green building materials and practices aimed at reducing energy and resources.
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For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff) | elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us | 320-255-7226
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Stillwater - 2 star
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Ordinance 664 amends Chapter 22 of Stillwater's Code to include, that every reasonable effort shall be made to provide a compatible use for a property which requires minimal alteration of the building, structure, or site and its environment, or to use a property for its originally intended purposes.
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For more information contact:
Abbi Wittman (City staff) | Awittman@ci.stillwater.mn.us | 651-430-8822
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Winona - 2 star
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The City of Winona has an heritage preservation ordinance defined in City Code 22.27. A heritage preservation commission meets on a monthly basis to identify, designate, protect, and promote significant historic resources of the City.

The City has two historic districts: Downtown (commercial) and Windom Park (residential).
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For more information contact:
Luke Sims (City staff) | lsims@ci.winona.mn.us | (507) 457-8250
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Belle Plaine - 1 star
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The City of Belle Plaine has adopted code that provides design guidelines to preserve the historic central business district.
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For more information contact:
Laura Blue (City staff) | lblue@ci.belleplaine.mn.us | 952-873-5553
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Farmington - 1 star
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The heritage preservation ordinance was approved on February 16, 1999 in order to preserve buildings in our city. It's purpose was to do the following:

1. The quality of significance in history, architecture, archeology, and culture is present in buildings, sites, structures, objects and districts that possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association, and:


(a) That are associated with specific events or a pattern of events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; or


(b) That are associated with the lives of persons or groups significant in our past; or


(c) That embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master builder, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity those components may lack individual distinction; or


(d) That have yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history.


2. The singular physical appearance, historic character or aesthetic value of an established or familiar feature of a neighborhood or community within the City.

The ordinance is explained below:
Discussion of the Heritage Preservation Commission's Duties and Powers, the designation of Heritage Landmarks; Design review of old and new buildings requesting permits; and the demolition of buildings over 50 years old.



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An ordinance that requires the review of a building that is 50 years or older to be discussed before any demolition may occur. In those discussions, the determination of use, building restoration or rehabilitation is reviewed.
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For more information contact:
Adam Kienberger (City staff) | akienberger@ci.farmington.mn.us | 651-280-6820
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Newport - 1 star
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The City has a Heritage Preservation Ordinance in its City Code that preserves and protects areas, places, buildings, structures and objects that have a historical, community or aesthetic interest to the City of Newport.
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For more information contact:
Deb Schulz (City staff) | dschulz@newportmn.com | 651-459-5677
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Rochester - 1 star
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The Rochester Urban Service Area Land Use Plan encourages and the Rochester Zoning Ordinance and Land Development Manual provides incentives for adaptive reuse of existing historic or cultural buildings.
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For more information contact:
Jeff Ellerbusch (City staff) | ellerbusch.jeff@CO.OLMSTED.MN.US | 507-328-7132
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Willmar - 1 star
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Chapter 5 Section G and H address Historic Preservation
The city of Willmar has adopted a Downtown Plan with a Chapter on Historic Preservation.
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2 Buildings in the Central Business District have recently been selected as historic structures. Lakeland Hotel and Tribune building (Engan Associates Building)
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For more information contact:
Sara Jacobson (City staff) | sjacobson@willmarmn.gov | 320-235-4760
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